Press Pause

As we move into a new year, I thought about what might be some good advice for many.  I kept coming up with the word "Pause," so I decided it would be a good one to start the year out with.  This is an important topic for me because it is relatable to everyone at some point in their lives.  Every electronic device has a pause button, from our Instagram and Facebook videos to our streaming shows and movies.  

But how about the importance of pressing pause in real-time, in real life, in your own little world?  Over the years, I have realized that one thing that bothers me the most is when people act or speak too abruptly.  Also, when people talk over you and fail to let you say a word without interruption.  I am a super patient person, but this is hard to ignore. 

This is a real thing in everyday life, but it is highly noticeable when there is a sudden change or crisis.  I noticed people acting or reacting quickly during covid, and I have witnessed this recently in the aftermath of the hurricane.  

When you go through something in life, whether it is a sudden death of a loved one, a move, a job or relationship change, or a natural disaster, it is easy to make rash decisions and to jump too fast in a direction you may regret later.  The last thing anyone needs is to have to make more changes down the road with regret about their initial decisions.  

I always advise you to press pause, take a few deep breaths, and pray about everything before diving in.  Keep your head clear of clutter from other people's thoughts or feelings, and dig deep into your heart for your own answers.  This is also great advice for posting something on social media or expressing it to someone in person, on the phone, via email, or by text.  Remember, not all information is the hard truth, whether from social media, a news source, or a friend or family member.  Please research and know it is the right thing to do before jumping in any direction. 

Always remember that the tone of your voice and the directness of your emails or texts can be misinterpreted if you let it or don't pay attention.  People have said that emails and text messages don't have a tone, but I beg to differ.  I always follow my texts with an emoji that smiles or has hearts because I want people to understand that I am lovingly sending this message.  

The point is, one of the best things you can do to continue to live your best and most beautifulife is to press pause before you act, react, speak, text or post.  If you do, you will find that you will walk your path with ease, inspire others, and surround yourself with people who appreciate and love you for who you are meant to be. 

My affirmation for you this week is;

"I will press the pause button in all aspects of my life to move forward in the best way possible."

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